Scientists have found a new way to recycle the greenhouse gas and combat two of the major problems in the world: Global Warming and Energy Shortage. The enzyme discovered can covert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Carbon Monoxide (CO) efficiently. The Carbon Monoxide produced can easily be used for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis.
The findings came as a surprise to the group, as Nitrogenase was only previously believed to convert Nitrogen (N2) to Ammonia (NH3) within the bacterium under similar conditions. They found out they could express the reductase component of the Nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO. This will help in large scale production of CO. Read the full article here.